Legal Counsel (Football Regulation & Litigation)

Wembley Stadium, London
03 Aug 2021
31 Aug 2021
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level

Legal Counsel (Football Regulation & Litigation)

Our Organisation

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

The Role

To provide proactive legal support to The FA Group across a full range of contentious, regulatory and risk issues.

Key Accountabilities

  • Delivering robust legal advice in an efficient and effective manner to The FA group.
  • Protecting the organisation from litigation and reputational risk.
  • Providing legal support on football regulatory matters.
  • Providing legal support to the Women's Football department and in particular the Women's professional game, being the key legal team point of contact where required.
  • Providing legal and disciplinary support to the England national teams.
  • Advising on FIFA/UEFA regulatory matters.
  • Providing advice on player status issues, transfers and agents.
  • Dealing with insurance issues affecting The FA Group.
  • Providing support to the safeguarding team on legal issues.
  • Providing focused instructions to external law firms when authorised to do so.
  • Executing any additional tasks required in order to meet legal team and FA Group changing priorities.

What we are looking for


  • 3+ years working as a qualified solicitor at a major law firm.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a breadth of relevant contentious legal knowledge gathered in a major law firm and / or corporate.
  • Ability to demonstrate clear and concise written and oral legal advice.
  • Ability to demonstrate the application of robust legal advice in a practical manner.
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to work and deliver under pressure
  • Excellent customer service skills with ability to adapt and tailor approach dependent on needs.
  • Excellent planning, prioritisation and time management skills.
  • Excellent academic record.


  • Previous experience of sports law.
  • Experience of dealing with arbitration.
  • Previous in-house experience.
  • Previous experience of instructing external law firms.

What we can offer you

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

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